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How to use pipes in the raft

One of the most important things you need to learn at the start of your game of Rafting is how to move fuel and water around your base, from machine to machine. To do this job, you need to use Pipes. It might seem like an easy thing to do, but Pipes in Raft has some unique mechanics that you need to learn that will help you use them in the most efficient way possible.

If you’re looking to learn how to use pipes in Raft, look no further than this guide where we’ll show you how to craft and use the different types of pipes in the game.

Types of raft pipes

There are only two types of pipes in the raft: water pipes and fuel pipes. As the name suggests, water pipes are used to transport water between different machines, while fuel pipes are used to move biofuel.

Specifically, water lines are used to move water between water tanks, sprinklers, and purifiers, while fuel lines are used to move biofuel from biofuel tanks to the appropriate machinery.

How to get water pipes

To get water pipes in the raft, you must first find the water pipe blueprint. The water pipe blueprint is after the crane puzzle. You will find after passing the large storage space in the basement of Tangaroa.

Once you have the water pipe blueprint, you can research it at the research table to learn the crafting recipe.

Water pipes cannot be crafted individually; you must craft 2 at a time. To craft 2 water pipes, you need 4x scrap.

How to get fuel pipes

To get fuel pipes in the raft, you will first need to find the corresponding blueprint. The Fuel Hose blueprint can be found inside Relay Station 4 on Balboa Island.

Once you find the blueprint, research it at the research table and you’ll learn the fuel pipe crafting recipe. Just like water pipes, you will receive two fuel pipes each time you craft them. To craft 2x Fuel Pipes you need 4x scrap.

How to use pipes in the raft

The process of setting up working Pipes in Raft is quite simple. For each water or fuel pipe you craft, you will get two individual pipes.

Since you need scrap metal to craft water and fuel pipes, you need to learn how to farm scrap metal in the raft. Fortunately, Scrap is a relatively common resource that can be found in a number of ways.

You can find scrap in vacant rafts, barrels, and near the reefs surrounding the islands. You can also use a hook to retrieve debris buried underwater.

Once you’ve crafted the pipes you want, simply hold them in your hand and left-click to place them on the ground. Pipes can be placed in any direction. If you have a base pipe, you can attach another pipe to any of its sides.

If you’ve already placed a pipe but want to change its position, aim for it and press the X key to pick it up.

One important thing to note is that if you are placing pipes above or below your base, you must first lay down the floor before you can place them. Once the pipes are all laid, you can remove the flooring and the pipes will float in the air.

To connect your sprinklers, water tanks, purifiers and biofuel tanks to different machines, simply place the respective hose next to these machines and they will automatically connect to it. Then create a pipeline to the machine you want to transport the biofuel/water to and connect it the same way.

Once the pipes are connected to the machines, you don’t need to use any additional power or pressure system to run the pipes. As long as the machines are powered on, the Pipes will work by themselves.

This means that the length of the pipe or its shape has absolutely no effect on the flow of water or biofuel.

If your hoses are connected to multiple water or fuel sources, the hoses will drain the source closest to them first. It will then move on to the next closest source and so on.

As for the ideal pipe layout, you should lay them out so that they go from point A to point B with minimal movement. So ideally you’ll want to place straight pipes instead of winding pipes, as the latter will require more individual pipes.

Another thing to note is that each pipe takes up a block of space on your base. So if you lay the pipes inside the base, you will quickly run out of space to place other objects.

To avoid this problem, build a platform around, above, or below your base to lay your pipes on. This will ensure that the pipes don’t interfere with anything else and take up unnecessary space in your base.